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Is Your Marriage Normal? August 27, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Tuesday Thoughts — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:29 am
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love to stay

Love to Stay


Adam Hamilton

From the back cover:

In this book, Adam Hamilton explores how, with God’s help, we can make love last. Drawing upon a survey of thousands of couples and singles, interviews with relationship and marriage therapists, the latest research in the field, and wisdom from the Bible, Hamilton looks at what it takes to create and sustain healthy, meaningful romantic relationships across the course of a lifetime. Contents include:  More Than a Piece of Paper; What She Wants; What He Wants; The Significance of Sexual Intimacy; Habits That Hurt, Habits That Heal; Clothe, Bear With, and Forgive; A Love That Lasts a Lifetime. A companion DVD study and leaders guide are also available.

My thoughts:

I am totally breathing a sigh of relief. Yes, my marriage is normal and yours probably is too.

After reading Love to Stay things make more sense to me now. I see that my husband and I are in the hardest years of marriage but if we can get through these the next stage should be easier, happier.

Now the author isn’t telling you to just get through the years. No, he admits that marriage is hard, one of the hardest things we will ever do but he encourages us to strive for better, for more of what God wants. Which is my heart’s cry as well.

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn’t anything ground breaking but it was a good reminder of what it takes to make a marriage work. You can see actual graphs and percentages of what other people say regarding different questions in their marriage. I really liked seeing that clearly.

One of the many things that stuck out to me, and has challenged me, was to ask myself if I am the type of person my husband would want to date now if we were both single. I want to be that person, how about you?

At the end of each chapter are reflections, questions and prayers and even reflections for singles, so you don’t have to be married to read this book.

Overall, I highly recommend this book.

Grab a copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Deeper Shopping.

Visit Adam’s website here.

A copy of this book was given to me by Abingdon Press through in exchange for an honest review.